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INEC Releases By-election Candidates’ Names For Scrutiny

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The Independent National Electoral Commission has published the final list and particulars of candidates for by-elections coming up in parts of the country.

The National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, INEC, Sam Olumekun, disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday.

The by-elections will be held on February 3, across nine states in 4,294 polling units. There will also be reruns in 4,596 polling units.

According to Olumekun, the particulars and final list of candidates were published on Wednesday at INEC state offices.

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“As provided in the timetable and schedule of activities, the personal particulars and final list of candidates have been published today in our state offices and the affected constituencies pursuant to the provision of Section 29(3) of the Electoral Act, 2022.

“The list of candidates is also published on our website and social media platforms,” he said.

The national commissioner appealed to Nigerians to “scrutinise the personal particulars (Form EC9 and academic credentials) of the candidates.”

“Any aspirant who participated in his/her party primaries with reasonable grounds to believe that the information provided by the candidate is false can challenge the nomination in a Federal High Court as provided for in Section 29(5) of the Electoral Act 2022.

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“For clarity, this publication only applies to the forthcoming by-elections as they are fresh elections for which political parties conducted primaries and nominated their candidates,” he said.

Olumekun noted further that the list and personal particulars of candidates for rerun elections to be held on February 3, 2024, were published before the 2023 general elections.

The rerun elections are conducted pursuant to the orders of the Election Petition Appeal Tribunals.

“They are not fresh elections open to new/disqualified candidates which obviates the need to publish their personal particulars again,” the statement added.

According to INEC, the by-elections are holding in two senatorial districts (Ebonyi South and Yobe East); four federal constituencies (Shanga/Ngaski/Yauri Federal Constituency of Kebbi State, Surulere I Federal Constituency of Lagos State, Akoko North-East/Akoko North-West Federal Constituency of Ondo State and Jalingo/Yorro/Zing Federal Constituency of Taraba State); and three state constituencies (Guma I State Constituency of Benue State, Chibok State Constituency of Borno State and Chikun State Constituency of Kaduna State).

 

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UPDATED: LP National Chairman, Abure Arrested, Detained In Zone 5

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The National Chairman of Labour Party (LP), Barrister Julius Abure, was on Wednesday arrested and detained at the Zone 5 headquarters of the Nigeria Police Force, Benin City, Edo State.

This is coming barely 24 hours after the state chairmen of the 36 states and Abuja passed a vote of confidence on him.

It was gathered that his arrest was as a result of a petition forwarded to the Zone from the office of the Inspector-General of Police in Abuja.

There was a blockade of people entering the premises when some journalists got there except police officers and some VIPs.

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A crowd believed to be supporters and followers of Abure were also stopped at the gate of the premises while Abure and some top LP officials and members were allowed to go in with him.

Confirming the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the Zone Tijani Momoh said: “Yes the Labour Party National Chairman is here, and it has to do with a petition that was referred to this office from the Inspector General of Police. It was referred to Zone 5 from the IG’s office, he is with us but I cannot give the contents of the petition right now.”

“There is a standing order for now that nobody should come in.

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When asked if he was being detained or just to take his statement,  Momoh said “I don’t know for now”.

Abure has been having running battles with some members of the party in the state over allegations of substituting candidates in the 2023 general election without the consent of the affected aspirants, an allegation he had denied.

It was gathered that the arrest may be connected to the factional crisis rocking the party as a factional national youth leader was recently brutalized by some suspected members of the party who did a video of themselves, while the official and another person were being brutalized.

It was gathered that the action led to the Apapa faction of the party petitioning the police for attempted murder.

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JUST IN: LP National Chairman, Abure Arrested

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The National Chairman of Labour Party, Barr. Julius Aburr has been reported arrested and detained at the Zone 5 headquarters, Benin city.

Though reason for his arrest was sketchy as at when filing this report, a video footage sighted by Info Daily shows a rowdy scene where Abure is being dragged and arrested.

Details later…

 

 

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Call For Sen. Imasuen’s Recall: Group Tackles Omobude, Uwangue

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A civil society organisation – People’s Defender Advocate has passed a vote of confidence on Senator representing Edo South Senatorial District at the Red Chamber, Neda Imasuen, saying he has been duly carrying out his legislative duties.

This followed a letter said to be written to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) by Leftist Omobude Agho and Commrade Ezeimwenghian Uwangue under the auspices of ‘Concerned Citizens of Edo South Senatorial District’.

In the said letter written and signed by the due, and also a video by Left Agho, they were said to have called for the recall of Senator Imasuen on ground that he has not been performing well as a legislator.

Addressing newsmen in Benin on Wednesday, Executive Director, People’s Defender Advocate, Bishop Osadolor Anthony Ochei, said the due are known for human rights activism in Edo State, but for this bid to recall the Senator, it was not in the interest of the civil society family.

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“Distinguish Senator Neda Imasuen has been performing the duties of a legislator which he was elected to do at the red chambers and members of People’s Defender
Advocate hereby passes a vote of implicit confidence on distinguished Senator Neda Imasuen for his legislative sagacity,” he said.

As a brother in the struggle, I want to advise Leftist Omobude Agho and Commrade Ezeimwenghian Uwangue and his co-travellers that they need the signatures of those
whose names are in the register, those alive in every pulling unit, those that are dead whose names have not been removed from the voters register, those that have relocated out of Nigeria and those that are currently in admission in the hospital to be able to recall a senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“He and is co-travellers have a right as a person to make a statement for themselves, but not on behalf of civil right organisations in Edo State as they have not been
elected to do so.

“This is a journey of shame and civil society organisations in Edo State are not part of this evil self seeking journey,” he added.

 

 

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